America s Best Female Sharpshooter

Drawing on family records, press accounts, interviews, and numerous other sources, historian Julia Bricklin peels away the myths that enshroud Smith’s fifty-year career.


Author: Julia Bricklin

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806158006

Category: History

Page: 224

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Today, most remember “California Girl” Lillian Frances Smith (1871–1930) as Annie Oakley’s chief competitor in the small world of the Wild West shows’ female shooters. But the two women were quite different: Oakley’s conservative “prairie beauty” persona clashed with Smith’s tendency to wear flashy clothes and keep company with the cowboys and American Indians she performed with. This lively first biography chronicles the Wild West showbiz life that Smith led and explores the talents that made her a star. Drawing on family records, press accounts, interviews, and numerous other sources, historian Julia Bricklin peels away the myths that enshroud Smith’s fifty-year career. Known as “The California Huntress” before she was ten years old, Smith was a professional sharpshooter by the time she reached her teens, shooting targets from the back of a galloping horse in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West. Not only did Cody offer $10,000 to anyone who could beat her, but he gave her top billing, setting the stage for her rivalry with Annie Oakley. Being the best female sharpshooter in the United States was not enough, however, to differentiate Lillian Smith from Oakley and a growing number of ladylike cowgirls. So Smith reinvented herself as “Princess Wenona,” a Sioux with a violent and romantic past. Performing with Cody and other showmen such as Pawnee Bill and the Miller brothers, Smith led a tumultuous private life, eventually taking up the shield of a forged Indian persona. The morals of the time encouraged public criticism of Smith’s lack of Victorian femininity, and the press’s tendency to play up her rivalry with Oakley eventually overshadowed Smith’s own legacy. In the end, as author Julia Bricklin shows, Smith cared more about living her life on her own terms than about her public image. Unlike her competitors who shot to make a living, Lillian Smith lived to shoot.

Frontiers of Boyhood

Imagining America, Past and Future Martin Woodside ... In America's Best Female Sharpshooter: The Rise and Fall of Lillian Frances Smith, Julia Bricklin ...


Author: Martin Woodside

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806166643

Category: History

Page: 248

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When Horace Greeley published his famous imperative, “Go West, young man, and grow up with the country,” the frontier was already synonymous with a distinctive type of idealized American masculinity. But Greeley’s exhortation also captured popular sentiment surrounding changing ideas of American boyhood; for many educators, politicians, and parents, raising boys right seemed a pivotal step in securing the growing nation’s future. This book revisits these narratives of American boyhood and frontier mythology to show how they worked against and through one another—and how this interaction shaped ideas about national character, identity, and progress. The intersection of ideas about boyhood and the frontier, while complex and multifaceted, was dominated by one arresting notion: in the space of the West, boys would grow into men and the fledgling nation would expand to fulfill its promise. Frontiers of Boyhood explores this myth and its implications and ramifications through western history, childhood studies, and a rich cultural archive. Detailing surprising intersections between American frontier mythology and historical notions of child development, the book offers a new perspective on William “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s influence on children and childhood; on the phenomenon of “American Boy Books”; the agency of child performers, differentiated by race and gender, in Wild West exhibitions; and the cultural work of boys’ play, as witnessed in scouting organizations and the deployment of mass-produced toys. These mutually reinforcing and complicating strands, traced through a wide range of cultural modes, from social and scientific theorizing to mass entertainment, lead to a new understanding of how changing American ideas about boyhood and the western frontier have worked together to produce compelling stories about the nation’s past and its imagined future.


... Sideshow USA: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination (Chicago, ... 420–433 Bricklin, Julia, America's Best Female Sharpshooter: The Rise and Fall ...


Author: Karen Jones

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300212808

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 314

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A fascinating new account of the life and legend of the Wild West's most notorious woman: Calamity Jane Martha Jane Canary, popularly known as Calamity Jane, was the pistol-packing, rootin' tootin' "lady wildcat" of the American West. Brave and resourceful, she held her own with the men of America's most colorful era and became a celebrity both in her own right and through her association with the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody. In this engaging account, Karen Jones takes a fresh look at the story of this iconic frontierswoman. She pieces together what is known of Canary's life and shows how a rough and itinerant lifestyle paved the way for the scattergun, alcohol-fueled heroics that dominated Canary's career. Spanning Canary's rise from humble origins to her role as "heroine of the plains" and the embellishment of her image over subsequent decades, Jones shows her to be feisty, eccentric, transgressive--and very much complicit in the making of the myth that was Calamity Jane.

Lawbreaking Ladies

50 Tales of Daring, Defiant, and Dangerous Women from History Erika Owen ... to Julia Bricklin's book America's Best Female Sharpshooter: The Rise and Fall ...


Author: Erika Owen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982147099

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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Discover 50 fascinating tales of female pirates, fraudsters, gamblers, bootleggers, serial killers, madams, and outlaws in this illustrated book of lawbreaking and legendary women throughout the ages. Many of us are familiar with the popular slogan “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” But that adage is taken to the next level in this book, which looks at women from the past who weren’t afraid to break the law or challenge gender norms. From pirates to madams, gamblers to bootleggers, and serial killers to outlaws, women throughout the ages haven’t always decided to be sugar, spice, and everything nice. In Lawbreaking Ladies, author Erika Owen tells the stories of 50 remarkable women whose rebellious and often criminal acts ought to solidify their place in history, including: - The swashbuckling pirate Ching Shih - “Queen of the Bootleggers” Gloria de Casares - The Prohibition-era gangster Stephanie Saint-Clair - And a band of prisoners who came to be known as the Goree Girls The perfect gift for true crime fans and lovers of little-known women’s history, Lawbreaking Ladies serves as an engaging and informative guide to gals who were daring, defiant, and sometimes downright dangerous.

Buffalo Bill Cody

America's Best Female Sharpshooter: The Rise and Fall of Lillian Frances Smith. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. Bridger, Bobby.


Author: Lew Freedman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786499533

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 244

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William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917) rose from humble origins in Iowa to become one of the most famous and most photographed people in the world. He became a leading scout during the American Indian Wars, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and a renowned show business fixture whose traveling Wild West exhibitions played to millions of spectators the world over for 30 years. He hobnobbed with presidents, kings, queens and European heads of state, befriending many legendary individuals of the West, from General George Armstrong Custer and Sitting Bull to Wild Bill Hickok and Annie Oakley. Aside from these achievements, Cody's most important legacy may be how he shaped the world's enduring views of the American West through his shows, which he considered to be educational events rather than entertainment. This biography is a fresh look at the life of Buffalo Bill.

Women in the Western

Bricklin, Julia (2017) America's Best Female Sharpshooter: The Rise and Fall of Lillian Frances Smith. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.


Author: Matheson Sue Matheson

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474444163

Category: Electronic books

Page: 360

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In Westerns, women transmit complicated cultural coding about the nature of westward expansionism, heroism, family life, manliness and American femininity. As the genre changes and matures, depictions of women have transitioned from traditional to more modern roles. Frontier Feminine charts these significant shifts in the Western's transmission of gender values and expectations and aims to expand the critical arena in which Western film is situated by acknowledging the importance of women in this genre.

Eiffel s Tower

Performing with the Wild West, she had been catapulted to stardom as America's best-known woman sharpshooter. In 1884, when Chief Sitting Bull joined the ...


Author: Jill Jonnes

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101052518

Category: History

Page: 368

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The story of the world-famous monument and the extraordinary world’s fair that introduced it, by the author of Conquering Gotham and Urban Forests In this first general history of the Eiffel Tower in English, Jill Jonnes-acclaimed author of Conquering Gotham-offers an eye- opening look not only at the construction of one of the modern world's most iconic structures, but also the epochal event that surrounded its arrival as a wonder of the world. In this marvelously entertaining portrait of Belle Époque France, fear and loathing over Eiffel's brash design share the spotlight with the celebrities that made the 1889 Exposition Universelle an event to remember-including Buffalo Bill and his sharpshooter Annie Oakley, Thomas Edison, and artists Whistler, Gauguin, and van Gogh. Eiffel's Tower is a richly textured portrait of an era at the dawn of modernity, reveling in the limitless promise of the future.

Annie Oakley

... is a legend — America's greatest female sharpshooter , a woman who triumphed ... Despite her great fame , the popular image of Annie Oakley is far from ...


Author: Shirl Kasper

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806124180

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 154

A biography of America's greatest female sharpshooter delves beneath her popular image to reveal a conservative but competitive and resolute woman who wanted to succeed

American Legends the Life of Annie Oakley

American Legends: The Life of Annie Oakley chronicles all the aspects of the famous female sharpshooter's life.


Author: Charles River Charles River Editors


ISBN: 1492398101


Page: 28

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*Includes pictures of Annie and important people in her life. *Discusses Annie's performances and encounters with legends like Buffalo Bill Cody, Sitting Bull, and Queen Victoria. *Includes some of Annie's most colorful quotes. *Includes a Bibliography for further reading. "Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you'll hit the bull's-eye of success." - Annie Oakley A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The Wild West made legends out of many men who came to be identified with the unforgiving nature and spirit of the frontier. Men like Wyatt Earp have long been celebrated for their toughness, swagger, and fearless courage. So it's no surprise that the few women who could match the men in toughness and gunplay have also become legends of the West. There was little about the childhood of Phoebe Ann Mosey that indicated that she would grow up to become Annie Oakley, one of the best sharpshooters the world has ever seen and an icon of the West. Her parents, Jacob and Susan, were Quakers who migrated from Pennsylvania to Darke County, Ohio after a fire destroyed their inn and their livelihood. Their daughter, who would become a national celebrity in her own life for "The Little Sure Shot of the West", learned her gun skills out of necessity, using them to hunt for food around the Cincinnati area thousands of miles away from the dusty towns, saloons and shootouts that have become symbols the Wild West. However, Annie would make her own mark by hitting so many marks back east, and by 18 she had made a name for herself by besting other sharpshooters, including Frank Butler, who performed a traveling act and became smitten by the young teen who beat him. Annie and Frank would marry when she was 16, and they continued to perform together until becoming part of Buffalo Bill's famous show, where Annie became acquainted with other legends like Sitting Bull. Annie would perform off and on for Buffalo Bill's show, but she also took her exploits to Europe and even the burgeoning film industry, performing "The Little Sure Shot of the West" for Thomas Edison's brand new kinetoscope, which could make a film. She also met dignitaries like Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. Annie only became more famous with age, continuing with her skillful performances into her 60s despite a debilitating injury suffered in a car crash, before declining health led to her death at the age of 66 in 1926. By the time she had died, Annie had become so well known for her marksmanship that other important aspects of her life were largely overlooked, including her philanthropy and her training and encouragement of women. American Legends: The Life of Annie Oakley chronicles all the aspects of the famous female sharpshooter's life. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events in her life, you will learn about Annie like you never have before, in no time at all.

Heart Shots

An extraordinary sharpshooter, Annie toured North America and Europe, earning over $100,000 in prizes during her lifetime-an unprecedented sum for a female ...


Author: Mary Zeiss Stange

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811767279

Category: Sports & Recreation


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“A heart shot is what every big game hunter hopes for,” Editor Mary Zeiss Stange explains in the introduction to Heart Shots, “that perfect shot placement, whether of bullet or arrow, which ensures a quick, humane kill. A heart shot is also what the best hunting writing has always aimed for—that certain image, or theme, or turn of phrase that strikes to the core of our flesh-and-blood humanity, piercing the tissue-thin membrane between life and death.” Hunting and writing about it have not commonly been thought of as women’s work, but today women are hunting and writing about it in unprecedented numbers. This collection of stories by 46 hunters who happen to be female shows us that in fact some women have always hunted, and some have written dazzling accounts of their experiences. What you’ll find in k to nature and basics and to express in narrative, image, and metaphor the complex meaning of being predator, such impulses are ageless and genderless. There are differences in the way women go about hunting and telling its story. Some are subtle and some are startling. In this marvelous collection a full range of writers from hard-edged realists to contemplative naturalists express the complex thought and emotion that constitute hunting with intelligence and insight. These women are aware of the fact that they are doing something distinctly out of the ordinary. And this is a book distinctly out of the ordinary as well, to be enjoyed, pondered, and savored by women and men alike, all who appreciate a good story well told. [Stories and essays written by Mary Jobe Akeley, Kim Barnes, Nellie Bennett, Durga Bernhard, Courtney Borden, and many more.]

Gun News Digest

Moderator : Today we have with us two famous ladies who are here to discuss
issues that concern women gunowners in our society . Miss Oakley is America's
best - loved sharpshooter . She is knowledgeable , daring , beautiful and skilled
as ...




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New York Magazine

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

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Annie Oakley

Thoroughly researched, fully annotated, and entirely unsentimental, this volume is the most complete and accurate record of Annie Oakley’s life and achievements.


Author: Shirl Kasper

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806156064

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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“Nothing more simple, I assure you. . . . But I’ll tell you what. You must have your mind, your nerve, and everything in harmony. Don’t look at your gun, simply follow the object with the end of it, as if the tip of the barrel was the point of your finger.”—Annie Oakley Annie Oakley is a legend: America’s greatest female sharpshooter, a woman who triumphed in the masculine world of road shows and firearms. Despite her great fame, the popular image of Annie Oakley is far from true. She was neither a swaggering western gal nor a sweet “little girl.” Annie Oakley was a competitive and resolute woman who wanted to be the best and succeeded. In this comprehensive biography Shirl Kasper sets the record straight, giving us an accurate, honest, and compelling portrait of the woman known as “Little Sure Shot.” Born Phoebe Ann Moses in Ohio in 1860, Annie took her first shot at age eight—“one of the best shots I ever made,” Annie later said. It was the start of her lifelong fascination with shooting. Early local acclaim led to a contest with Frank Butler, a professional sharpshooter. Annie won—and Frank fell in love with her. Annie and Frank (who eventually gave up his own act to be Annie’s manager) were wed not long after and remained married for forty-two years, until their deaths in 1926 just days apart. Annie’s sharpshooting career began while on the road with Frank’s show, but she rose to fame in her seventeen years with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. Her speed, agility, uncanny precision, and charm soon made Annie world famous. Shooting was her passion; apart from her career with the Wild West, Annie hunted, shot trap, entered many shooting contests, performed for World War I troops, and, in her retirement years, taught thousands of women how to shoot. Annie Oakley provides a vivid and unforgettable portrait of this American original: a prim and proper woman, conservative in her views, hardworking and frugal, whose greatest source of pride was to be accepted as “a lady.” Significant events are documented here for the first time: Annie’s decision to join the struggling Wild West show; her meeting with Sitting Bull; the nature of her feud with Lillian Smith, another Wild West markswoman; and the real reason that Annie’s hair suddenly turned white when she was only forty-one. Thoroughly researched, fully annotated, and entirely unsentimental, this volume is the most complete and accurate record of Annie Oakley’s life and achievements.


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Do* 9.00 Sharpshooter $6.00 Cameras. Dos. ... Je4 VERNON HOFF— FEMALE IMPERSONATOR: Beautiful Beulah of America's best night clubs! Singer, dancer.






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In its 114th year, Billboard remains the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends.

Bowker s Complete Video Directory 2000

The story of a plucky , red - headed girl who dreams of a life outside her dingy
orphanage . Oliver !: ... by the excitement & thrills of the circus , but will also learn
that practice , teamwork & doing your best are the secrets to success . ... Annie
Oakley - Sharpshooter & Performer ( 18601926 ) Biographical . History ,
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Author: Bowker

Publisher: Rr Bowker Llc

ISBN: 0835243052

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 6100

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AMC Classic Movie Companion

The film was nominated , and won , for the Best Picture , but Allen refused to
attend the ceremonies , choosing instead to play ... Annie Oakley ( 1935 ) RKO
The story of America's most famous female sharpshooter , unforgettably
performed by ...


Author: Robert Moses

Publisher: Hyperion Books

ISBN: STANFORD:36105021956946

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 622

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Presents descriptions of five thousand films considered classics by the television network "American Movie Classics"

American Cowgirls

A top female rodeo star entering other rodeos can make $ 25,000 , but this is the
top salary . ( The best ... They seem to have originated in the late 1800s , when
Americans were already getting nostalgic about the early days of the West . One
of ... Her friends were so impressed with her shooting skill that they arranged a
contest between Annie and a famous vaudeville sharpshooter named Frank
Butler .


Author: Shaaron Cosner

Publisher: David McKay Company

ISBN: 0679204466

Category: Cowgirls

Page: 54

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A history of cowgirls and a description of a modern cowgirl's life including her clothes, equipment, living conditions, work, and roles in rodeos. Some chuck wagon recipes are included.

Bowker s Complete Video Directory 2001

America's favorite orphan is back in a brand - new adventure filled with sinister
scoundrels , hilarious hi - jinks & nonstop fun . Columbia Tristar Home Video . ...
Gail Davis stars as the west's greatest female sharpshooter ! Includes : " The
Dutch ...


Author: R R Bowker Publishing

Publisher: R. R. Bowker

ISBN: 0835244229

Category: Films for the hearing impaired

Page: 4700

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